Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters take loved ones and the outbreak of war drives families from their homes. When the unthinkable happens, Mercy Corps delivers rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities and then team up with communities to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protecting families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support 2.5 million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian crisis ▸
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Kenya: Clean water for nearly 200,000 people in drought-parched Kenya August 22, 2011
Over the last week, our emergency response team in northeastern Kenya has reached more than 9,700 more people with clean water. The total population to which we're delivering and ensuring water has risen to 197,749.
Somalia: Benti and her family in a Mogadishu displacement camp August 19, 2011
Benti and her family walked for more than 30 days to reach the displacement camp in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, where they now live in this makeshift shelter alongside thousands of others.
Somalia: Walking for weeks to reach Mogadishu's sprawling camps August 19, 2011
Somalia: In Mogadishu's overcrowded hospitals August 17, 2011
Somalia: An unimaginable situation August 15, 2011
Yesterday my colleague Cassandra Nelson, on the ground in Somalia, sent in several photographs of what she was seeing in Mogadishu, the country's crisis-ravaged capital to which our emergency response team has deployed.
Kenya: Saadia Farah and her daughter Amina in Wajir County, Kenya August 14, 2011
Eighteen-year-old Saadia Farah and her one-year-old daughter Amina, who are surviving the Horn of Africa's brutal famine with help from Mercy Corps.
Kenya: When the only asset you have left is hope August 14, 2011
At only 18, Saadia Farah is one of the many thousands of mothers that Mercy Corps is helping survive the drought crisis in East Africa.
Kenya: Update: Water deliveries rise from 16 to 33 towns August 12, 2011
Mercy Corps' emergency response team in northeastern Kenya is providing fresh, clean water to more than 186,000 people in 33 drought-stricken villages and towns.
Kenya: Once upon a time in northeastern Kenya August 12, 2011
Once upon a time in northeastern Kenya, there was a huge stretch of land called Wajir. In the language of the people who lived there, that name itself meant ‘Once upon a time...’ Once upon a time, the land in Wajir was green, the rains came often and life was good.
Kenya: Stranded and struggling eight miles from water August 11, 2011
These are the children of Qaraa. Covered in dust, thin and dazed, they are on the brink.